Samanar Hills, Madurai

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Samanar Hills or Samanar Malai is a hill rock complex located in Keelakuyilkudi village, from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. The hill has been declared as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.InformationSamanar means Jain in Tamil and malai means hill. This hill has caves where Tamil Jain (Samanar) monks lived. The hill was also known as Thiruvuruvagam.Samanar Malai has several Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions, a number of stone beds and many sculptures, which shows authority for Jainism in the ancient Tamil country. The hill contains two famous sculptures, Settipodavu and Pechipallam, that show images of Jain Tirthankaras made by Jain monks in the 9th century BCE. The Settipodavu contains the image of Mahavira, the last tirthankara of Jainism. The Pechipallam contains eight sculptures, including Bahubali and Mahavira.Archaeologists have also found 2000-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions and Vatteluttu writings. The inscriptions reveal that hundreds of Jain monks took sallekena (fast unto death) there. There are flat rocks, called stone beds, used by the monks to take rest.
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  • May 11, 2017
    This is not the usual places one visits in Madurai. We had hired a taxi and showed driver the place on google maps. The communication was a little difficult but we could make it here. We did not know ...  more »
  • February 1, 2017
    If you want to see Madurai in a off beaten path visit this place approximately 12 kms From Madurai Railway Junction. At the base of a small Hill is a lotus pond and ayyanar Temple the Village Diety an...  more »
  • December 14, 2016
    I was glad to go there, and honour the many people who have resided there seeking enlightenment over the centuries. Our rickshaw driver told us not to go to the other side of the hill as some people d...  more »

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